As the year comes to a close, there has been one main thought on my mind:Goals! I used to think that long-term goals were silly and for people who had nothing better to do. As I got older though, I saw the wisdom in creating and fulfilling goals, as long as they are God-given goals rather than selfish desires. Goals are a great way to plan the year out, to seek God's will throughout the new year, to see what you did wrong in the past year, to mend your ways, and to use your time wisely. As I look back on 2011, there were several goals that I had set for myself that I completed. For that I am happy, but there are other things I wish I would've done that I didn't do in 2011. So I wrote down a list of goals according to God's purpose for my life for this season in life.Because I can be a very lazy person without organization, I went the extra mile and wrote a list of daily and weekly tasks necessary to fulfilling those goals. Goals without a gameplan are good for nothing! This has helped me to keep my focus on spending my time wisely.
I believe that one's goals should be centered on God's will during whatever season of life you're in. I have tried to mold my goals in accordance with His plan for my life. So how does one know what His purpose is? Well it's only through prayer, fasting, reading the Word, and paying attention to doors that God opens. I realized God's purpose for my life unexpectedly. I had been mulling over the idea of wondering if I was still doing everything within the Lord's will for my life, checking to see if my actions were in line with His will for me. Well, one day it sort of hit me unexpectedly when I was thinking about all the volunteer opportunities I wished I could be a part of. I kind of sighed and thought, "In the future." That's when it dawned on me, "HELLO!!!! This is the perfect time to devote yourself to serving others!!! You can do all those volunteer opportunities you want to because you have the time." That's when I realized that God wanted me to spend my time devoted to serving Him through serving others. Because of this purpose, I am able to set clear goals for the upcoming year. I believe goal setting is beneficial because it helps us to redeem the time as the Lord says,
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
(Eph 5:15-17 ESV)
I would encourage everyone to consider God's direction for their lives this very year and set everything you do upon that purpose!